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09-03-2013 (Newsletter Issue 12/13)
Online Filing Now Possible
The Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic provides its clients a new service - electronic filing of trade mark applications from July 1, 2013. The Office thus confirmed one of its priorities - providing on-line services in favour of an effective proceeding for each type of industrial property subjects. The project was co-funded by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) located in Alicante.

The service is available on here by clicking on TM eFiling.

At present the filing is not possible to be signed by an electronic signature/guaranteed electronic signature, therefore it is necessary to file the written form of an application within one month. Otherwise such filing shall be deemed not to be filed. Discount of the fee for filing shall not be applied for filing a trade mark application.

Source: www.indprop.gov.sk


04-01-2010 (Newsletter Issue 9/10)
Accession to the Singapore Treaty
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) informs of the deposit by the Slovak Republic of its instrument of accession to the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks. The Treaty will enter into force on May 16, 2010.

Source: www.wipo.int


Legal basis is the Trademark Act no. 506/2009 on Trademarks of October 28th, 2009, in force since January 1st, 2010.
The Slovak Republic is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. Since May 1st, 2004, the Slovak Republic has been a member of the European Union. Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, colours or colour combinations, three-dimensional forms and any combination of the mentioned signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks and collective marks.
The application is filed at the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent except of natural persons who are nationals of a state party to the EU or EEA and legal persons with headquarters or the seat of their enterprises in a state party to the EU or EEA. Such party to the proceeding has to notify to the Office about the delivery address in the territory of the Slovak Republic.
A non-legalised power of attorney is sufficient.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness is proven through use before filing the application of trademark.
After the examination, the trademark application is published for 3 months in the monthly “Bulletin of Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic". The duration from first filing to publication or first office action is approx. 4-5 months. At the end of the opposition period, the trademark is registered and published if no opposition has been filed or opposition has been rejected.
National:
The opposition period is 3 months from publication of the application.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
Protection begins with the date of registration. However, the trademark owner may also claim the damages caused by actions committed after the date of publication of the application. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months from the expiration date of the trademark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been used within 5 years from registration or later has not been used for a continuous period of 5 years, it can be subject to cancellation requested by third party.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is EUR 166 for up to three classes and EUR 17 for each additional class.

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Rott, Ruzicka & Guttmann



Vladimír Rott

Vladimír Rott
Vinohradska 938/37
120 00 Prague 2
Czech Republic (CZ)
Tel +420 233 370 084
Fax +420 233 382 263
vrott@rrg.cz
www.rrg.cz

The Rott, Růžička & Guttmann Patent, Trademark and Law Office was founded in 1990. It is a leading intellectual property firm serving domestic and foreign clients from offices in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

We handle applications to protect inventions, utility and industrial designs, topographies for semi-conductor products, plant varieties, trademarks and designations of the origin of products, as well as research regarding patents and trademarks. The firm also assists clients with copyright and competition matters. As well as in IP contentions matters and anti-counterfeiting matters.

The office has a separate branch in Bratislava – Rott, Růžička & Guttmann Patent, Trademark and Law Office v.o.s. (general commercial partnership) – founded in 1993.

The office provides services in English, German, French, Russian, Slovakian and Japanese.

Our partners and patent attorneys are members of the international associations AIPPI, INTA, AIPLA, FICPI, ECTA, MARQUES, and LES.

Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic
Švermova 43
974 04 Banská Bystrica 4
Slovak Republic
Tel +421 48 43 00 32 7
Fax +421 48 41 32 56 3
Mail podatelna@indprop.gov.sk
www.indprop.gov.sk

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Avenida de Europa, 4
03008 Alicante
Spain
Tel +34 965 139 100
Fax +34 965 131 344
Mail information@euipo.europa.eu
www.euipo.europa.eu


World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Switzerland
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8
www.wipo.int